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IPEDS ID: 187046
OPE ID: 02192200
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Thomas Edison State University
111 W State St, Trenton, New Jersey 08608
General information:  (609) 984-1100 x2025
Website:  www.tesu.edu/
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  One but less than two years certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  City: Small
Campus housing:  No
Student population:  9,721 (8,754 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  20 to 1
Admissionswww.tesu.edu/admissions/
Apply Onlinewww.tesu.edu/apply
Financial Aidwww.tesu.edu/tuition/financial-aid
Net Price Calculatorwww.tesu.edu/tuition/net-price-calculator
Tuition Policies for Servicemembers and Veteranswww.tesu.edu/military/Tuition-Fees.cfm
Disability Serviceswww.tesu.edu/about/ada/
Mission Statement
  Thomas Edison State University provides distinctive undergraduate and graduate education for self-directed adults through flexible, high-quality collegiate learning and assessment opportunities.
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
Distance education – undergraduate programs offered
Distance education – graduate programs offered
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Credit Accepted
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
  • Faculty data not available.
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2018-20192019-20202020-20212021-2022% change 2020-2021 to 2021-2022
Tuition and fees
In-state$7,519$7,926$7,182$7,1820.0%
Out-of-state$9,967$9,856$9,278$9,3420.7%
Books and supplies$1,700$1,700$1,700$1,7000.0%
Living arrangement
Off Campus
Room and board$5,103$5,103$5,103$5,1030.0%
Other$567$567$567$5670.0%
Off Campus with Family
Other$567$567$567$5670.0%
Total Expenses2018-20192019-20202020-20212021-2022% change 2020-2021 to 2021-2022
In-state
Off Campus$14,889$15,296$14,552$14,5520.0%
Off Campus with Family$9,786$10,193$9,449$9,4490.0%
Out-of-state
Off Campus$17,337$17,226$16,648$16,7120.4%
Off Campus with Family$12,234$12,123$11,545$11,6090.6%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2021-2022
Tuition$12,024
Fees$0
  • The University enrolls primarily adult, part-time students. The 2021-22 tuition provided represents 18 credits at the Per Credit Tuition Rate. For more information, please visit the University's website at https://www.tesu.edu/tuition.
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment plan
Other alternative tuition planX
  • Thomas Edison State University offers tuition plans that are customized to meet students' needs and level of engagement with the University. For more information, visit: http://www.tesu.edu/tuition/tuition-fees.cfm. Graduate and Nursing Tuition Payment Plans are available for students taking graduate courses and nursing courses to break up their tuition costs into three payments made over three months. For more information, visit: https://www.tesu.edu/tuition/grad-payment-plan.
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2020-2021
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid12,065$5,974,000$2,893
Pell grants1,727$5,119,000$2,964
Federal student loans2,184$16,694,000$7,644
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
  • Thomas Edison State University participates in a number of federal and state financial aid programs. NJ residents who qualify may also be eligible for NJ Tuition Grants. For more information, please visit the University website at https://www.tesu.edu/tuition.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
  • This institution did not admit full-time first-time undergraduate-level students in 2020-2021, therefore net price information was not reported.
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Fall 2021
Total enrollment9,721
Undergraduate enrollment8,754
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment2,071
Graduate enrollment967
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 1%
Part-time: 99%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 60%
Female: 40%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 4%
Black or African American: 14%
Hispanic/Latino: 13%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 48%
Two or more races: 4%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 15%
Non-resident alien: 1%
Undergraduate Student Age
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 11%
25 and over: 89%
Age unknown: 0%
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 0%
Part-time: 100%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 99%
Enrolled in some distance education: 1%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 0%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 100%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 0%
Undergraduate application fee (2021-2022): $50
  • This institution has an open admission policy. Contact the institution for more information.
  • Thomas Edison State University serves adult students at a distance. The average student is 35 years old. Students are primarily part-time, and non-first time.
  • This institution did not admit full-time first-time undergraduate-level students in the cohort year, therefore graduation rate information was not reported.
  • Alternative measures of student success are reported by degree-granting institutions to describe the outcomes of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who are not only first-time, full-time students, but also part-time attending and non-first-time (transfer-in) students. These measures are also reported for students receiving Pell grants and those students that do not receive Pell grants. These measures provide the 8-year award-completion rates by award level (certificates, associate's and bachelor degrees) after entering an institution. For students who did not earn any undergraduate award after 8-years of entry, the enrollment statuses are reported as either still enrolled at the institution, or subsequently transferred out of the institution. Unlike the Graduation Rates data, all reporting institutions must report on their transfer outs regardless if the institution has a mission that provides substantial transfer preparation.
FULL-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2013-14
Award and enrollment rate:
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 48%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 25%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 19%
PART-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2013-14
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 5%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 37%
Enrolled at same institution: 4%
Enrolled at different institution: 25%
[Pell]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 5%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 34%
Enrolled at same institution: 3%
Enrolled at different institution: 27%
[Non-Pell]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 5%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 37%
Enrolled at same institution: 4%
Enrolled at different institution: 24%
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2020-2021
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramUndergraduate
Certificate
Postgraduate
Certificate
AssociateBachelorMasterDoctor
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting2d--33d1d-
Business Administration and Management, General-8d54d202d67d-
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other3d--12d--
Business Operations Support and Secretarial Services, Other--6d---
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other--0d---
Business/Commerce, General--0d---
Finance, General0d--8d--
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General3d3d-35d13d-
Marketing/Marketing Management, General1d--23d--
Operations Management and Supervision6d--19d--
Project Management-0d----
Category total15d11d60d332d81d-
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication, General0d-----
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other-0d----
Category total0d0d----
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General4d-----
Information Technology----12d-
Category total4d---12d-
Education
Education, General-1d----
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-5d--23d-
Educational/Instructional Technology----2d-
Category total-6d--25d-
Engineering/Engineering-related Technologies/Technicians
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General0d-----
Electrical, Electronic, and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician2d-----
Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other--62d---
Category total2d-62d---
Health Professions and Related Programs
Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Other--36d---
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions, Other---7d--
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator---0d--
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other---28d--
Nursing Administration-0d----
Nursing Education-0d----
Nursing Practice-----4d
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other-5d----
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other-0d--30d-
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse---189--
Category total-5d36d224d30d4d
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration0d-----
Critical Infrastructure Protection-0d----
Homeland Security----10d-
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other-0d-22d--
Terrorism and Counterterrorism Operations-2d----
Category total0d2d-22d10d-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Humanities/Humanistic Studies---103d--
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies--110d447d--
Category total--110d550d--
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General---15d--
Statistics, Other----1d-
Category total---15d1d-
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians, Other--30d---
Category total--30d---
Military Technologies and Applied Sciences
Cyber/Electronic Operations and Warfare4d--6d--
Military Technologies and Applied Sciences, Other--49d---
Category total4d-49d6d--
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological and Physical Sciences--40d110d--
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other1d-93d435d17d-
Category total1d-133d545d17d-
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, Fitness, and Kinesiology
Sports, Kinesiology, and Physical Education/Fitness, Other0d-----
Category total0d-----
Psychology
Geropsychology-0d----
Industrial and Organizational Psychology-0d----
Psychology, General0d-----
Category total0d0d----
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Human Services, General--2d3d--
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other-1d--5d-
Category total-1d2d3d5d-
Social Sciences
Social Sciences, General---172d--
Category total---172d--
Transportation and Materials Moving
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations---0d--
Category total---0d--
Grand total26254821,8691814
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Member of Department of Defense Voluntary Educational Partnership Memorandum of Understanding
  • For more information about Thomas Edison State University's services and programs for Servicemembers and Veterans, please visit the website: www.tesu.edu/military.
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2020-2021
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 931
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 151
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 2160
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 40
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $4,768
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $7,710
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $1,836
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: $2,289
RETENTION RATES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
Full-time students: 78%
Part-time students: 76%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
  • No varsity sports data reported for this institution. Data on varsity athletics are submitted annually as required by the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA), by all co-educational postsecondary institutions that have an intercollegiate athletics program. For the most recent data collection, EADA did not collect data on varsity athletics for programs that were cancelled due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Institutional Accreditation
AccreditorStatusNext Review Date
Middle States Commission on Higher EducationAccredited since (01/01/1977)01/01/2030
Programmatic Accreditation
Accreditor / ProgramStatusNext Review Date
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. – May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's programAccredited since ((!)02/01/2012)12/31/2020
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate programAccredited since (09/01/1990)12/31/2020
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levelsAccredited since (09/20/2017)08/01/2022
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levelsAccredited since (11/05/2008)6/30/2024
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levelsAccredited since (11/05/2008)6/30/2024
  • (!) Estimated date
  • For more detailed information on accreditation for this institution, including all actions and justification for actions, visit OPE's Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs: ope.ed.gov/dapip/#/institution-profile/128814.
On-Campus
Criminal Offenses201820192020
a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
b. Negligent manslaughter000
c. Rape000
d. Fondling000
e. Incest000
f. Statutory Rape000
g. Robbery000
h. Aggravated assault000
i. Burglary010
j. Motor vehicle theft000
k. Arson000
VAWA Offenses201820192020
a. Domestic violence000
b. Dating violence000
c. Stalking000
Arrests201820192020
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.000
b. Drug abuse violations000
c. Liquor law violations000
Disciplinary Actions201820192020
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.000
b. Drug abuse violations000
c. Liquor law violations000
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • The crime statistics displayed only includes On-Campus data associated with the main campus as listed on College Navigator. For statistics associated with each campus location, off campus data, and for additional information covering Hate Crimes, and Fire statistics see https://ope.ed.gov/campussafety.
  • The On-Campus data do not include incidents that: (a) took place on public property, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities, that is within the campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus; (b) took place on any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) took place on any building or property owned or controlled by an institution that is used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution's educational purposes, is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201920182017
Default rate1.5%4.7%6.8%
Number in default2381126
Number in repayment1,4851,7021,831
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)